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Overcoming Objections. Answers to Common Objectives for Cloud BDR Services . March 2014 . Overcoming Objections. A potential customer is on the phone…. Yes. what if. expensive. not sure. maybe. objections. NO. I’ll think about it. can find it cheaper. budget. a lready have one.

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Overcoming Objections

Answers to Common Objectives

for Cloud BDR Services

March 2014

overcoming objections
Overcoming Objections

A potential customer is on the phone…


what if


not sure




I’ll think about it

can find it cheaper


already have one

but despite your hard work, they remain reluctant to sign a deal…

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Overcoming Objections

What are some common objections?

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Overcoming Objections

“Free cloud services are just as good as paid.”

  • In exchange for free storage, users often give up actual ownership of their data
  • Customers assume that restorations from backups are instantaneous
  • Asking customers whether they have ever tested their current recovery solution helps to reveal that process’ weaknesses and clarify the risk-benefit analysis associated with your solution
  • More often then not, you get what you pay for
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Overcoming Objections

“Consumer cloud services work fine for business.”

  • Consumer-grade cloud backup may be just fine for storing personal files or family photos, but they do not offer true data protection
  • Corporations must adhere to legislative demands, industry regulations, and larger financial implications
  • Consumer-grade services cannot meet the data recovery needs of a business and many times prove unreliable
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Overcoming Objections

“Backing up to tape saves money.”

  • Too many risks for this to be a worthwhile long-term strategy
  • Manually conducting tape backups means the process occurs irregularly, if at all
  • It’s far too easy to lose a tape, either by accident or theft
  • Tape restores are not always reliable and consistent, making the risk of data corruption or loss far too serious
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Overcoming Objections

“The cloud is not secure.”

  • Ask whether they use the cloud already
  • Anyone who has ever managed their personal banking online has already performed a sensitive task in the cloud
  • If you provide a cloud backup solution with strong security features and protections, you can highlight them to further assuage customers’ concerns
  • In addition to saving time and reducing costs, a recent study commissioned by Microsoft Corp. found that SMBs in the U.S. who are using a cloud service are also realizing significant privacy, security and reliability advantages over companies that do not use cloud services. The study notes that 94% of the SMBs polled who are using one or more cloud services have gained security benefits they did not get from former on-premises technology.
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Overcoming Objections

“Cloud backup is too expensive.”

  • More often, the prospect is either unconvinced of your service’s value or is simply trying to find a way to get a discount
  • Remind them of the way your solution addresses their pains further establishes its value
  • Remember that there will almost always be a cheaper solution out there
  • Don’t lose sight and lower your price to the point of devaluing your solution
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Overcoming Objections

“My data is safe for now.”

  • Business interruptions don’t occur on schedule, and by leaving themselves unprotected or under protected for a longer period of time, companies compound the financial risk they could incur
  • Downtime, for example, is a huge financial burden, with revenues lost every minute a business is not operating normally
  • Hard costs – employee salary, property taxes, and utilities - are a major contributor to lost funds, but soft costs – the money your business could have been earning if it hadn’t lost a crucial file or data access – also add up
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Overcoming Objections

“There is no value in cloud backup.”

  • Paint an effective picture for your prospect, describing the way your solution addresses their pains and solves real-world problems
  • For example, how you were able to save a client’s company by providing complete data backup mere hours after a devastating fire destroyed the company’s place of business
  • As a result, the client was still able to make payroll and stay afloat even while it literally rebuilt the business from the ground-up